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Jos Buttler will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in England's squad ahead of the fifth one-day international with New Zealand after the Lancashire man split the webbing on his left hand in practice on Friday morning.
Less than 24 hours before the Royal London Series decider, Buttler had to leave practice at Emirates Durham to have protective bandage on the wound.
Despite having Kent gloveman Sam Billings in their ranks, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshireman Bairstow.
"Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Jos Buttler who has split the skin at the base of his thumb on his left hand," said England Cricket on Twitter.
The hosts will wait to see how Buttler's hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.
Buttler has been a key part of England's one-day international revival in the current series, hitting his country's second fastest-ever century (from 66 balls) in their national-record 408 for nine in the opening match at Edgbaston last week, having already set the record with a ton from 61 balls against Sri Lanka last year.
"Jos Buttler will be assessed in the morning," added England Cricket.
Lancashire's Cricket Director Ashley Giles is looking forward to Old Trafford hosting the T20 international between England and New Zealand.
Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has set a new batting world record after smashing an astonishing 350 in a 45-over game for Nantwich Town Cricket Club.
In all, Livingstone smashed 37 fours and 27 sixes in his amazing 138-ball innings.
The 21-year-old, who made his Lancashire debut last season, hit his first hundred off just 47 deliveries, blasting 10 fours and nine sixes before moving to 150 just 20 balls later for the Cheshire County Premier League side in the National Club Knockout game against Caldy Cricket Club.
Livingstone, who is from Barrow, then moved to his treble hundred off 123 balls (31 fours, 22 sixes) with the score 444-6 before bringing up 350 just fourteen balls later (34 fours, 27 sixes).
"It is all a bit surreal. It hasn't sunk in yet but it is a very proud day and luckily my mum and dad were there to see it.
"Unfortunately I have got training with Lancashire at 10 o'clock in the morning, so I will be having an early night.
"But sometime in the near future, I will definitely be having a few drinks to celebrate."
"This is a tremendous achievement by Jimmy. To maintain such a high level of performance over such a long period of time is testament to his hard work and dedication.
"He is a fantastic ambassador for Lancashire and England and I am delighted for him."
Sir Ian Botham has congratulated Lancashire's James Anderson after he broke the former England star's record for Test match wickets.
Great moment for Jimmy and his family..... Congratulations you deserve it .... Awesome !!
England fast bowler James Anderson has beaten Sir Ian Botham's all-time England wicket taking record of 383.
He reached 384 in his 100th Test when Denesh Ramdin was caught by captain Alastair Cook off the Burnley man's bowling, levelling the mark set by England's greatest all-rounder 23 years ago - also in his 100th Test.
The Lancastrian got a flying start 12 years ago as a precocious fast bowler who made short work of fragile Zimbabwe batting in his first two Tests at the age of just 20, following up that same summer with notice of his world-class talent against South Africa - including at Trent Bridge, the venue where he would go on to excel himself at almost every visit.
Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is now the leading test wicket-taker in English cricket history.
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